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Administrators Training Course – More dates added!

Due to requests from members more dates are now available for administrators to undertake an asbestos removal training course.

ARCA delivers a one-day training course so that administrators can experience what working on an asbestos removal site is really like, yet in a safe and controlled environment.

The course includes some practical hands on tasks such as; use of RPE, elements of enclosure construction and use of air/bag locks as well as the decontamination process in enclosures and DCU’s for just £125 +vat.

Up and coming dates are:

  • 15th February at Rayleigh
  • 25th February at Manchester
  • 14th March at Burton upon Trent

For more details or to book onto a course click here or call us on 01283 505777.

ARCA Plan Standardisation Meetings for Another Year

Again, this year ARCA will be holding monthly standardisation meetings, for managers, trainers, assessors and auditors, to discuss their findings and provide feedback.

These discussions support the role of the teams and support standardisation across the organisation, increasing efficiencies and the knowledge of the team, as well as supporting consistency and facilitating updates/improvements in refresher training course content.

Additionally, external experts are invited to attend, to update the team on industry standards or demonstrate a new product. All adding to the knowledge base and providing CPD for the ARCA team.

“Our standardisation meetings are invaluable, as the discussions and feedback from all the team members, supports our task of delivering quality services,” stated Satish Patel, Training Manager for ARCA.

“We have meeting dates programmed throughout the year, and already a number of experts have agreed to attend a meeting to share their industry knowledge.”

Saturday Training

ARCA has made available asbestos removal operative and supervisor refresher training courses on selected Saturdays throughout 2019, at both ARCA’s Burton and Rayleigh training centres.

Members can also block book these courses for their teams if required, and training credits can be used against any Saturday course.

“As Members requested Saturday training, we reviewed our calendars and commitments, and I’m now pleased to be able to offer this service to our members,” stated Satish Patel, Training Manager for ARCA. “Already some members are interested in block booking Saturday courses for their teams.”

Over the next three months the following Saturday dates are: 16 February, 16 March and 27 April at the Burton training centre, and 2 February, 2 March and 6 April at the Rayleigh training centre.

All Saturday training dates are now available on the operative and supervisor refresher training courses webpages.

If interested in block booking a Saturday training course for a team of candidates please contact us on 01283 505777.

ARCA Members raise funds to support Mesothelioma UK

Last year ARCA staff and members raised £10,000 for Mesothelioma UK by taking part in various activities and events.

The Association supports Mesothelioma UK to help and support people diagnosed with Mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Still over 2,700 new cases of Mesothelioma are diagnosed each year in the UK; nurse specialists, centres of excellence, research, information and support for health care professionals, patients and families is vital.

“I’m delighted to be able to present the charity with a donation of £10,000,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA. “Again this year, it was great to see the Association staff and members support Mesothelioma UK, especially during the Charity Week in September where they undertook bike challenges, muddy fun runs and lots of baking.”

Liz Darlison, Mesothelioma UK, Head of Services, commented, “A huge thank you to everyone who took part in activities, we are extremely grateful for all our fundraisers support. These donations will help Mesothelioma UK to continue to fund the vital work we do and in particular Mesothelioma clinical nurse specialists at NHS hospitals across the UK.”

ARCA delivers bespoke asbestos training course

ARCA recently delivered a bespoke training course for site management staff at MIC Group, after they recognised that it would be beneficial to gain further knowledge on personal air monitoring and air management within an asbestos removal enclosure.

Following the initial enquiry, ARCA delivered the training course within three weeks. The course content included; the legal requirement and purpose of personal air monitoring, relationship with analyst (ref Nov 2018 PoW guidance from HSE) and recording/collating data. Air management was covered in the practical training area, using a pre-built enclosure and NPU, so elements such as, air flow and movement, and flap deflection were easily demonstrated.

“The course content proposed by ARCA was just what we needed,” commented Dean Hickin, Director of MIC Group. “After my phone call to ARCA we were soon in the classroom, and having practical demonstration at their training facility was a definite benefit. A well delivered course.”

“I’ve now booked ARCA to run this course for all our site management staff.”

MIC Group Bespoke Training Course Dec 2018 -300kb